On day 6 of the Pride Series we have Kam Brooks. Kam Brooks is a 21 year old non-binary trans-masculine person, their pronouns are they/them/theirs. They are currently a college junior by credit pursuing their degree in Integrative General Studies. They identify as pansexual and are on the bipolar spectrum. They exist in margins but still do what they can to be involved in the LGBTQ+ community in Orlando. They have been a youth advocate for roughly two years, particularly for college students, but have recently taken a step back from this role to focus on personal projects and self care. They hope that in this time they can continue to better my skillset and soon continue to work within Orlando.
Pride Series day 5. On day 5 I have the privilege for talking to Monique Fontaine. Monique Fontaine, a 34 year old trans woman of color who currently lives in New York City and has for the past 12 years. She is a full time makeup artist at Sephora. Monique is very open about being trans and has been blessed to have some incredible people in her life. She uses her platform as an openly transwomen to empower other human beings to be the best version of themselves...She says... Live.. love.. and be proud of who you are..
Today on the Pride Series I interview Vic Self. A trans man originally from New Zealand who relocated to Philadelphia around 2015. Victor Self is a proud Aotearoa/New Zealand native who immigrated to the United States almost 5 years ago and began transitioning to male just over one year ago. He is proud of his journey towards celebrating himself as a fat, queer trans man in recovery. He has a varied background in theater, comedy, sex work, insurance, and as a Casino dealer. He lives with his lovely partner in West Philadelphia, where he is currently exploring a Jewish life and intersectional organizing. He is also beginning to intern as a dog trainer and dreams of helping service dogs help all kinds of people. He is honored to be a part of an intersectional trans discussion wherever and whenever they occur.
Today on the pride series we talk to Skyler Jay. Skyler is a vivacious transgender activist from the South East. He has worked for the LGBTQIA+ community for over a decade, and has also worked to greatly increase visibility, growth, and opportunity for Transgender people. He is most notably recognized for his appearance on Netflix’s Emmy award winning hit, Queer Eye; as well as his groundbreaking lawsuit against the Georgia state system to remove Trans* exclusionary healthcare policies. Skyler’s broad skill set lends him to be a source of leadership guidance, community education & resources, and building affirming environments. Available for keynotes, workshops, trainings, and consulting. He has worked with groups of all ages within and outside of the LGBTQIA+ community. In his talks Skyler exercises what he refers to as “radical patience with an open book mentality.” He promotes and encourages an open learning environment with important dialogue on the Trans* experience, focusing on the trials and triumphs he has encountered as a visible Trans person while maintaining an uplifting and interactive presence with the audience. A percentage of Skyler’s bookings are donated to Aadya Rising’s annual Transgender surgery scholarship. Aadya Rising is Skyler’s newest endeavour, a non-profit he helped Co-Found that is focused on providing life-altering support services and aid to at-risk and marginalized populations of all ages within the broader Queer and Transgender communities.
The next episode in the Pride Series is with Cap Blackard who you might remember from episode 39. Cap Blackard is a multidisciplinary artist specializing in writing, illustration, and podcasting. She's the showrunner of the award-winning audio drama, The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program, a queer horror-comedy; co-creator the forthcoming animated series, Lightning Dogs; and is Mother Brain of Omniverse, her media company focused on storytelling podcasts. Her forthcoming series, TRANScend is a genre-bending autobiography exploring her transgender journey and the interconnectedness of all things.
The first episode in the 2020 Pride Series is with Kelli Lape. Kelli is a trans woman who lives in Washington State. She was born in 1964 and graduated high school in 1982. Right after graduating high school Kelli joined the Navy and served 20 years in the Navy from 1983-2003. She began her transition on September 1, 2017. Kelli has been on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) as of May 27th of 2020 for 1000 days. To her this was the start of when she no longer pretended to be a man.